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    • May 05, 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Zoom

    You are invited to a group reading of the Holmes Commission Report on Racial Equality in American Psychoanalysis. 

    WHEN:  May 5, 2024 – 5:00 - 6:30 pm

    WHERE:  Zoom 
    COST:  FREE   

     RSVP by May 3, 2024

    Please RSVP to Julian Ernst at by May 3, 2024.  Julian will send you the Zoom link when you RSVP. 


    On Juneteenth 2023, the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in American Psychoanalysis released their final report. The Holmes Commission on Racial Equality (CO-REAP) was established within the American Psychoanalytic Association on recommendation of the Black Psychoanalysts Speak national organization. CO-REAP’s purpose is to identify and to find remedies for apparent and implicit manifestations of structural racism that may reside within American psychoanalysis. The Final Report is based on the study of American psychoanalytic institutes, training centers and societies within and across different organizational auspices. 
    As encouraged by CO-REAP, this Reading Group will provide relational space to study, process, and discuss the Report’s findings and recommendations. The intention of these reading groups is to help our community develop a collective understanding of the implications of this Report as we commit to making psychoanalysis as diverse, equitable, inclusive, open, and vibrant as it can be. 

    Julian Ernst, MSW, LICSW and Nancy Lawroski, PhD, LP will host this monthly group reading of the Report over Zoom. Attendees will participate by reading sections of the report aloud and discussing responses to the text as a group.  

    • May 18, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • MPSI Psychotherapy Center at Semple Mansion Carriage House (in person event only)
    • 27


    Expanding Psychodynamic Sensibility and Deepening Our Clinical Work with Patients

    Working with Disturbed and

    Disturbing Patients

    May 18,2024

    Three Sessions with “Jen”

    Presenter: Hal Steiger

    WHEN: May 18, 2024, 8:30 am arrival, 9 am - 12:30 pm program

    WHERE: MPSI Psychotherapy Center at Semple Mansion Carriage House;  104 W. Franklin Avenue S, Minneapolis MN 55404

    In this seminar, our second in the series of close readings, we will immerse ourselves in the session notes of another patient in China who has been so traumatized that she lives encased in a chronic sense of deadness, able to walk through life apparently functioning but walled off and numb, deeply depressed, with no sense of an internal world and no feeling of emotional contact with others. We will look closely at a sequence of three sessions where her psychoanalytic psychotherapist struggles to find a way to reach this very walled off patient. The fact that progress is made gives us an opportunity to ask questions about what facilitated the patient’s growth and transformation, how we might have approached various clinical moments in the treatment, and how a close reading of this case can help us in our work with disturbed and disturbing patients. The program should be informative, and the discussion will be fun.

    In our first meeting in this series, we immersed ourselves in session notes from a rageful patient receiving psychoanalytic psychotherapy in China. There were twists and turns in the process beginning with enactments designed to destroy the therapist's reputation and office followed by transformative engagement leading to the patient sharing that they “liked” and felt close to their therapist only to amend that in the last session to say that she “needed” her therapist. (Developmentally in line with preparatory work for Winnicott’s Use of the Object).

    Working with Disturbed and Disturbing


    May 18, 2024

    Presenter: Hal Steiger

    This program is jointly sponsored by CrossCurrents, a platform for psychoanalytic learning and exploration, the MPSI Program Committee and the MPSI Psychotherapy Center. CEU Certificates will be available.

    Refreshments will be served.

    3.5 credits will be awarded.


    $65 Nonmembers

    $50 Members

    $20 Students

    $10 Fellows


    Expanding Psychodynamic Sensibility and Deepening Our Clinical Work with Patients

    The Mission of Crosscurrents is to provide programs highlighting new developments in psychodynamic thinking and practice. We are a joint project of the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and MPSI Psychotherapy Center. The name – Crosscurrents – reflects our understanding that human growth and development is constantly moving and ever expanding in scope, complexity, and integration. Unlike a river that flows directionally and follows a deliberate path, we recognize that what we prefer to call a psychodynamic sensibility involves turbulence as new ideas enter the gathering waters of accumulated wisdom that constitutes our psychodynamic history. Crosscurrents is dedicated to presenting programs that explore the creative flow, confluences and inevitable collisions of competing theories and technical approaches both within and outside the traditional frame.

    “The ability to sit with, to contain, to join, to understand and to intervene with such patients is an art form and conjures up a Winnicottian willingness to accompany the patient on a journey into unbearable agony. Doing this kind of work requires courage and a willingness to be open, to be vulnerable and to tolerate not knowing.”

    “A therapist with a psychodynamic sensibility does not need to have experienced the patient's trauma. But they must be willing to open a space within themselves that welcomes the patient's traumatic experience and with it all the traumatic experiences the therapist has personally faced and carries. Patients will not go where we fear to go ourselves.”

    • May 31, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The Carriage House, 104 W. Franklin Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    MPSI Annual Spring Recognition and Social Event 

    Friday, May 31, 2024 - 4:00 - 6:00 PM

    Join us for an evening of celebration at the

    The Carriage House

    104 W Franklin Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55404

    This event is open to MPSI members and students.

    Drinks and light fare will be provided.

    Members: $15 - Students: FREE

    Please Register by Monday, May 27 (RSVP today, limit is 50 people due to space constraints)

    Donation Suggestions:

    Adopt a Student: $15

    Support MPSI Programming: $50


    Please join MPSI in community and celebration to recognize the 2024 graduates of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PPTP), as well as folks who have dedicated their time and energy to MPSI this past year. This event is a chance to connect and network with members both new to the community and longtime participants.

    We are excited for the space to be together and hope to see you there!


    Please contact Heidi Holste with any known publications, projects, or other accomplishments that members, or anyone else in our community, should be recognized for.

Past events

April 13, 2024 MPSI Clinical Moments - Did Something Just Go South? When the Patient Sounds More Defeated by the End of a Session - Presented by Joan Lentz Ph.D, L.P., FABP
April 07, 2024 Group Reading of the Holmes Commission Report on Racial Equality in American Psychoanalysis
March 03, 2024 Group Reading of the Holmes Commission Report on Racial Equality in American Psychoanalysis
January 25, 2024 MPSI Winter Happy Hour & Trivia Night
March 03, 2022 Analysis, Art & Activism
January 23, 2022 MPSI Reads - The MPSI Program Committee invites you to a moderated book club discussion.
December 18, 2021 Lacanian Psychoanalysis: An Introduction in Reverse
December 04, 2021 Touching, Eating & Bodily Fluids - Affirming & Restoring Meaning When Working with Primitive Mental States
October 02, 2021 Triumphs & Tribulations of Being a Psychoanalytic Candidate
August 07, 2021 MPSI Summer Social
June 06, 2021 MPSI Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PPTP) OPEN HOUSE
June 04, 2021 MPSI Annual Spring Recognition
May 21, 2021 MPSI Meets: Hysterical Laughter
May 01, 2021 MPSI and STILLPOINT Magazine Host: Hysterical Girl: A conversation with filmmaker Kate Novack
February 26, 2021 MPSI Meets: The silent suicide epidemic of farmers
January 16, 2021 “Radical Openness, Otherness, and Ethical Considerations in the Coparticipatory Process of Psychoanalysis”
July 31, 2020 MPSI Meets: Psychotherapy & Covid-19
July 17, 2020 New Members: Online Trivia Event
June 26, 2020 MPSI Meets: A Community Dialogue on Racial Injustice and Recent Events
June 12, 2020 MPSI Recognition Event
June 07, 2020 Open House: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program
June 06, 2020 Clinical Moments
May 01, 2020 POSTPONED Celebration and Fundraising Gala
April 19, 2020 Postponed: Clinical Moments
April 05, 2020 The Dieperink Prize Paper Presentation has been Postponed
March 22, 2020 Postponed: Clinical Moments
March 08, 2020 MPSI Spring Conference with Ethan Grumbach
January 19, 2020 Clinical Moments January 19, 2020
December 08, 2019 Professional Wills
November 17, 2019 Clinical Moments November 17, 2019
October 20, 2019 Clinical Moments
September 06, 2019 MPSI Psychotherapy Center 10 Year Anniversary Party
May 18, 2019 2019 Spring Celebration and Recognition Event
April 30, 2019 MPSI Board Meeting
April 02, 2019 EC Meeting
March 14, 2019 PPTP Committee Meeting
March 12, 2019 Executive Committee Meeting
March 09, 2019 Conversations at the Edge: Ethical Dilemmas in Psychoanalysis
January 27, 2019 Dieperink Writing Prize Paper Presentation
October 14, 2018 Sundays at Burch - Zeitner private conference
May 19, 2018 MPSI Spring Celebration
March 11, 2018 Dieperink Prize event

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